“Rosie the Riveter”
While women worked in a variety of positions previously closed
to them, the aviation industry saw the greatest increase in female
More than 310,000 women worked in the U.S. aircraft industry in
1943, representing 65 percent of the industry's total workforce
(compared to just 1 percent in the pre-war years).
The strong, bandanna-clad Rosie became one of the most
successful recruitment tools in American history, and the most
iconic image of working women during World War II.
Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled
Women install fixtures and assemblies to a tail fuselage of a B-17F bomber.
Working on a Vengeance•dive-bomber at Vultee-Nashville - 1943
Riveting team working on the cockpit shell of a C-47 heavy transport 1942
October 1942. Women become skilled shop technicians after careful
training in the school at the Douglas Aircraft Company.
February 1943. Working on a Vengeance dive bomber
at Vultee Aircraft in Nashville, Tennessee.
Women at work on a bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company.
August 1942 - Painting the star on a fighter plane.
Girl on a riveting machine joins sections of wing ribs to reinforce
the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers - 1942
February 1943 - Working on the horizontal stabilizer
of a Vengeance dive bomber.
Women are trained to do precise and vital engine installations. - 1942
October 1942. Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes.
Young woman employee of North American Aviation working on
the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane - 1942
February 1943. Mrs. Mary Betchner measuring 105mm howitzers
at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plant of the Chain Belt Company.
Bombardier nose section of a B-17F Navy bomber – October, 1942
A view of the B-25 final assembly line at North American Aviation plant. 1942.
B-25 bomber planes at the North American Aviation, being hauled along
an outdoor assembly line in Kansas City, Kansas, in October, 1942.